Editorial Team

‘Leadership Comes First – Essential lessons from Unprecedented Times’ is the aptly named theme for this year’s CUBO (College and University Business Officers) Virtual Summer Conference 2021.

The Conference will take place at the end of the month (23rd and 24th June 2021) and has been specially developed to deliver essential knowledge, insights and professional development to commercial services leaders and their teams, drawing off lessons learned and insights gained during the pandemic.

An impressive line-up of speakers to the Conference includes: political broadcast journalist Nick Watt, who will be speaking on the political landscape for higher education, renowned leadership speaker David Meade, and UK Hospitality CEO Kate Nicholls on the reshaping and recovery of the hospitality sector.

Other plenary and breakout sessions will provide indispensable management skills, case studies, insights and thought leadership for Higher Education commercial services.

The Conference programme will also cover: re-energizing catering, reshaping hospitality, hybrid conferencing, campus sport, accommodation models, sustainable accommodation, team-building, staff mental health, Covid impact on Gen Alpha, leading through periods of ambiguity, effective stakeholder management and identifying new commercial opportunities.

Commenting on the Conference, CUBO Conference Chair, Phil Scott, says:

“Covid-19 has changed the way we work, live and study, and the impact on universities is yet to be fully understood. Our 2021 Summer Conference provides a blend of knowledge, insights and leadership skills to support the planning and management of campus and commercial services in this new era.”

“The virtual two-day event will feature expert perspectives on higher education commercial services, while giving us some fascinating insights into the political environment and changing student demographics.

“Delegates will also enjoy a suite of leadership sessions to equip them for the challenges ahead. Solutions for those challenges can be found in the exhibition, while the Meetings Hub facilitates connections with colleagues across the UK and Ireland.”

The conference is open to CUBO members and non-members, with team tickets for institutions allowing unlimited staff to attend and pick and mix sessions over the two-day event. Individual tickets are also available.

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